Introduction to Reporting - JOUR3040

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Rob Bailey checkmark-circle


What is news? What sources are trustworthy? Writing news reports – who, what, when and why and the inverted pyramid. Distinguishing between comment, conjecture and fact. Understanding how news organisations are structured.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 24
Private Study Hours: 126
Total Study Hours: 150


BA Joint Honours One Other Subject and Journalism – compulsory module

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Moodle quiz (narrative) (45 minutes) – 80% - PASS COMPULSORY
Seminar presentation – 20% - PASS COMPULSORY

Reassessment methods


Indicative reading

Harcup T (2015), Journalism Principles and Practice, Sage Publications, 3rd ed
Hicks W et al (2008), Writing for Journalists, Routledge
Marr A (2005), My Trade, Pan
Randall D (2021), The Universal Journalist, Pluto Books, 6th ed
Reeves I (2014), The Newspapers Handbook, 5th ed, Routledge
Smith J (2010), Essential Reporting, Sage Publications

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Understand the basic processes, principles and skills involved in writing for publication in print and online.
2. Understand what a news story is and why different news providers treat them in different ways.
3. Apply news reporting skills within editorial deadlines and word limits.
4. Acquire an understanding of the news agenda by reading, watching and listening widely within the genre of news in recent and
contemporary newspaper reports, television and radio broadcasts, and online reports.
5. Understand how to apply different research and writing techniques and how to evaluate their applicability

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Gather, organise and deploy information in order to formulate arguments coherently and communicate them fluently.
2. Work to deadlines in flexible and innovative ways showing self-direction and self-discipline.
3. Consider and evaluate their own work and the work of others with reference to professional standards.
4. Work productively in a group or team showing abilities to contribute and to lead; collaborate with others in the pursuit of common goals.
5. Use information technology to perform a range of tasks.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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